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KIM LANDERS: Swedish police are investigating claims that a man who stabbed four people at a school had far-right sympathies.

A student and a teacher were fatally wounded before their assailant was shot by police.

Sweden has been shocked by the attack - the first at a school in more than 50 years.

Meredith Griffiths reports.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: When a man wearing a Darth Vader-like mask walked into the Kronan school carrying a sword, the students thought it was just a costume

STUDENT: First we thought it was a joke or something because Halloween is coming up soon, and one of my friends went to take a picture with him, but we thought it was a joke

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: At least two posed for photos with the man before they realised what he was there to do.

STUDENT: We saw him getting stabbed, so we ran to lock ourselves in.

STUDENT II (translatioN): When a bunch of students started crying, when the teachers got injured and a lot of other students, we began to cry and started panicking. We panicked.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: Police superintendent Thord Haraldsson says they were able to trace the killer's movements by following the blood on the floor.

He says when the man first arrived at the school, he encountered one teacher who he wounded, on entering the building he encountered a second, who he fatally stabbed.

Some of the students saw their teachers being stabbed and then were chased away by the attacker.

Superintendent Haraldsson says the attacker then systematically searched the school buildings, knocking on the doors of two classrooms and attacking the students who opened them.

THORD HARALDSSON (translated): This occurs in two different classrooms and one of these students is deceased. I can also say that those who remain admitted to the hospital are very seriously wounded.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg says officers neutralised the attacker as quickly as possible.

THOMAS FUXBORG (translated): When arriving here, we met a man armed with knives, wearing a mask, attacking the officers on arrival.

We fired two shots, where one hit and incapacitated the man, so that we could arrest him.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: He later died in hospital.

He was 21, had no criminal record and police don't think he had any connection to the school.

Swedish media are reporting that he allegedly had far-right sympathies and may have targeted the school because of its large number of immigrant students.

The school is in the town of Trollhattan, which has been plagued by high unemployment after the demise of car company Saab which was headquartered there.

The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says today was a dark day for Sweden.

STEFAN LOVFEN (translated): I am deeply moved, I feel great sorrow. I am here to express my, the Swedish government's, and the Swedish people's sadness and sympathy.

Our thoughts are with the victims, the deceased, and those who are now being treated in hospital.

Our thoughts are with their loved ones: their mothers, fathers, siblings, all who love and care for them.

Our thoughts are with the classmates, the school staff, and the whole community here in Trollhattan.

The government and responsible authorities will ensure that you will receive the support you need in this horrible situation. This touches us all.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: Attacks in schools are rare in Sweden, with the last similar incident taking place in 1961.

KIM LANDERS: Meredith Griffiths.